Vivian L. Crofoot, homemaker

Vivian L. Crofoot, an Elkridge homemaker who never lost her affection for West Virginia, where she was raised, died Sunday of heart failure at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital. She was 91.

The daughter of Charles Brown, a coal miner, and Dora Brown, a homemaker, the former Vivian Lucille Brown was born one of 11 children in Beaver, Ohio.

She later moved with her family to Northfolk, W.Va., when her father took a job there as a miner. She was a 1940 graduate of Northfolk High School.

She moved to Baltimore before World War II when she took a job working in a photography studio. During the war years, she worked on a machinery line at Bendix Radio Corp.

In 1946, she married George W. Crofoot, a machinist, and later settled in Elkridge, where she raised her family. He died in 1997.

Mrs. Crofoot enjoyed dining in gourmet restaurants, said a daughter, Cynthia Kipp of Marriottsville.

"She loved nature and traveling frequently back to West Virginia to visit family and seeing her beloved West Virginia mountains," said Ms. Kipp.

A family visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City.

In addition to Ms. Kipp, Mrs. Crofoot is survived by another daughter, Joyce Moe of Pasadena; three sisters, Gloria Monarchy of Keystone, W.Va., Eva Hendricks of Vivian, W.Va., and Donna Furches of Bowling Brook, Ill.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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